Two James Cook University students will receive bursaries today (May 4) from a foundation set up in honour of renowned former Townsville businessman and popular community identity Philip Leong.
The $5000 bursaries are being awarded as part of the Philip Leong Youth Programme, designed to give young people a chance to achieve their best.
The program, now in its seventh year, recognises young people who live in Townsville and who have demonstrated potential excellence, talent, skill or achievements.
It is designed to support those who exhibit the potential and desire to further their talents but who, without assistance, may struggle to fulfil their potential.
To date $60,000 has been awarded to local citizens.
Kayla Richards, a third year commerce student, and first year nursing student Christina Grasso will receive the bursaries today in a special presentation on campus.
Philip Leong Advisory Board Chairman Angelo Coco said the program was set up in recognition of a man who led by example and was a model citizen in the region.
Mr Coco said Philip Leong came to Australia from China in 1936, taking up Australian citizenship and a North Queensland way of life with great enthusiasm.
“His many and varied business enterprises created employment for thousands of people,” Mr Coco said.
“Mr Leong maintained the highest standard of ethics and service. The bursaries recognise this attribute and offer local youth the opportunity to follow his example.
“Mr Leong was a generous supporter of community-based organisations and his contributions to the community have ensured its growth and success. The program will enable future community leaders to help shape their community and for them to shine in their chosen field.”
The Philip Leong Youth Programme is administered by Community Enterprise Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bendigo Bank.
The program has the support of the Townsville City Council, businesses and local community leaders.
Issued: May 4, 2012
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